Looking back twenty years from now at the climate debate, people will ask, “How could this go on for so long? Why did it take humanity so long to price greenhouse gases appropriately?” The only answer is some sort of collective insanity.
Brad Schallert, program officer for climate change with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), comments on the failure of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council delegates to deliver a comprehensive approach to regulating carbon emissions from international aviation.
Forty five leading local elected officials in the U.S. on 17 June 2013 committed to creating more resilient cities, towns, and counties in the face of unprecedented extreme weather and energy challenges that threaten communities across the country. The “Inaugural Signatories” of the Resilient Communities for America Agreement letter pledged to take cost-effective actions to prepare and protect their communities from the increasing disasters and disruptions fueled by climate change, such as heat waves, floods, droughts, severe storms, and wildfires. In addition, they called for more action and support from federal leaders.
President Barack Obama walks with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China on the grounds of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif., June 8, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
In a press release issued on 10 June 2013, WWF's Samantha Smith, leader of the WWF’s Global Climate & Energy Initiative, responds to the pledge announced on 8 June 2013 by U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs.